Imtiaz Dharker

(1954 / Lahore)

Imtiaz Dharker
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Imtiaz Dharker (born 1954 is a Pakistan-born British poet, artist and documentary filmmaker. She has won the Queen’s Gold Medal for her English poetry.

Dharker was born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan to Pakistani parents. She was brought up in Glasgow where her family moved when she was less than a year old. She was married to Simon Powell, the founder of the organization Poetry Live, who died in October 2009 after surviving for eleven years with cancer. Dharker divides her time between London, Wales, and Mumbai. She says she describes herself as a "Scottish Muslim Calvinist" adopted by India and married into Wales. Her daughter Ayesha Dharker, (whose father is Anil ... more »

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  • Joan Morrison(1/5/2018 7:51:00 AM)

    I loved Imtiaz's poem called Thaw which was commissioned for the BBC's radio 4 programme on the 4 seasons and aired on the Sunday before Christmas. Is there any chance of getting a print out of this poem?

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  • Daniel Nunn Daniel Nunn(11/21/2017 4:19:00 AM)

    In my English class, one of my close friends is researching Dharker's poem, The Right Word. Unfortunately, the poem is not on the website. I hope you can fix this fatal error soon. Dickhead.

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  • Daniel Nunn Daniel Nunn(11/21/2017 4:17:00 AM)

    In my English class, one of my close friends is researching Dharker's poem The Right Word. Unfortunately, this poem is not on the website. I hope you can fix this fatal error soon. Dickhead.

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Best Poem of Imtiaz Dharker

THEY'LL SAY: ‘SHE MUST BE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY'

When I can't comprehend
why they're burning books
or slashing paintings,
when they can't bear to look
at god's own nakedness,
when they ban the film
and gut the seats to stop the play
and I ask why
they just smile and say,
‘She must be
from another country.'

When I speak on the phone
and the vowel sounds are off
when the consonants are hard
and they should be soft,
they'll catch on at once
they'll pin it down
they'll explain it right away
to their own satisfaction,
they'll cluck their tongues
and say,
‘She must be
from ...

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